Monday, April 12, 2010

a will to live

With Dutch blood flowing through my veins, you'd think I'd have a garden full of tulips. Only in my dreams, sadly. But these two beauties? They have determination. I bought these bulbs over 10 years ago. The yard around my 1920 Dutch Colonial was going to have sweeps of spring color through it.

But I was so busy raising babies and and tip-toeing around a kitchen that was missing a floor (seriously! you could just look right down to the basement), that the bulbs never got planted. I read that they would keep in the refrigerator, so they found a home in the vegetable bin, next to the carrots and celery. For two years.

Then we moved to the Blue House. I almost tossed the tulip bulbs as I cleaned out the refrigerator, but I thought,

Oh, why not? You never know...

Even though I did nothing other than bury them in the dense clay that is supposed to pass for a yard, the next spring we did see green leaves. But no flowers.

Fast forward about six or seven years. One fine spring day, the babies who are no longer babies, come running in, saying,

Momma! Come see the tulip!

What tulip?

In the backyard!

You must be kidding.

But they weren't kidding. And this year we even have two tulips.


Sweet Shot Day


  1. They are resilient! I've never ever planted a flower, but maybe I'll give tulips a try. LOL

    Love the bottom shot! Great DOF, focus and color.

  2. What a cute story and...beautiful tulips!

  3. That is a neat story, and those are 2 very pretty tulips. That must have been exciting for the kids and for you!

  4. Thank you for your kind comments, ladies!

    Amanda, I'm embarrassed to say I actually had to google DOF. Glad to know I got it right though. : )

  5. what a great story to go with your beautiful pictures! fantastic!

  6. Lovely picture - sweet story!